Top Holiday Foods That Might Upset Your Gut
Some people say that one of the best parts about the holidays is getting to enjoy their favorite festive treats. But going overboard on anything can sometimes bring on not-so-fun consequences. A lot of holiday spreads have foods that might not sit too well in the stomach. According to a survey done by OnePoll for the natural laxative brand Prunelax, it turns out many Americans are concerned about what their go-to holiday eats and drinks might do to their gut.
In a poll of 2,000 U.S. adults, it was found that 72% eagerly anticipate the food during the holiday season, yet 65% acknowledge that this is a challenging time for their diet. Throughout the holiday season, 75% of respondents find themselves eating more frequently during the day. Meanwhile, 76% observe changes in their eating habits more often than at any other time of the year.
More than half (51%) often feel like they went overboard with the food during the holidays. As a result, many end up with occasional constipation (56%), indigestion (49%), and acid reflux (45%). Almost half (48%) say the changes to their routines and eating habits during the holidays mess with their digestive flow. Seventy percent say it happens more often during the holiday season, and 69% say it’s worse when they’re traveling for the holidays.
Top holiday foods that leave us “backed up.”
The study pinpoints the main holiday foods causing occasional constipation, like turkey (44%), pecan pie (41%), and potatoes (39%). Even favorite holiday drinks like chocolate milk (45%), non-alcoholic eggnog (38%), and hot cocoa (38%) got the blame.
To dodge these issues, 51% of those surveyed make a habit of doing something before eating: drinking more water (53%), using acid reflux meds (47%), or loading up on fiber (45%). A quarter (27%) also reach for natural laxatives.
Check out the complete study here.